We are almost at the end of the first week of 2017. How are those new years resolutions working out? Still bringing your lunch to work? Been to the gym a couple of times?
And how about your career? Any thoughts on that during the holidays? Probably not….way too much family, friends and Netflix.
You can still make change. It just takes one small step at a time. Here is something you can do today.
Get a friend or colleague to look at your LinkedIn profile while you read through theirs. Take about five minutes. Make some notes on the things that you like and some notes on what you think might be missing. Consider things like their career path, successes, causes, projects and even their photo. You have a more objective point of view of their work and that’s where your opinion adds real value.
When you are done, get together and compare notes. You should each get some good flashes of insight into how to present yourself more fully to the LinkedIn world. If you want to really go all out, make the changes that you feel are warranted and then show your profile to someone outside of your workplace or work group. Feedback without the immediate work context can be really helpful as well.
Tip: when you edit your profile, turn off the button that notifies your connections about your changes (it’s on the right hand side of the page). There is nothing more annoying than 500 people congratulating you on a new role when all you did was fix a typo.